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    #1

    Happen to, happen with

    Hello all

    is there a difference:

    what did you do to your face?
    what did you do with your face?


    thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Happen to, happen with

    Your thread title has nothing to do with your question.

    Please remember that you must start every new sentence with a capital letter. Click "Edit Post" and make the relevant changes to your post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Happen to, happen with

    I know, I tried to change the title, but I couldn't edit it. On the other hand, there's something between the title and the question, namely, the use of the cited prepositions. I appreciate the help we get on this website, but, sometimes, a little more friendliness would not hurt.

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    To your face, with your face.

    Hello again!

    Is there a difference between the two sentences below:

    1. What did you do to your face?
    2. What did you do with your face?


    ?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Happen to, happen with

    About the title, it is important to make your title as relevant to your question as possible; were you asking about the use of 'happen to' vs 'happen with', it would be quite different to your actual question, which is 'do to' vs 'do with'.

    As for the two phrases, there is not much difference between them, but I at least see a subtle distinction: "what did you do to your face" is negative, suggesting that something bad has happened to the face; e.g. the make-up looks bad, or there is an injury visible on the face, and while "what did you do with your face" can mean the same thing, intonation would be needed to bring that meaning across on its own, it would be neutral, more an question than an exclamation. I do have to say that this is merely my understanding of the subtle differences, others, including the teachers, might disagree with me. In fact, I asked a nearby (native English-speaking) friend, and he came up with a completely different interpretation. It rather depends on context and (in speech) intonation.

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    Re: Happen to, happen with

    Thanks, Calis, that's what I came up with too. I tried to change the title once I realized my mistake, but I couldn't. Thanks again.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Apr-2014 at 08:47. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quotation.

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    #7

    Re: To your face, with your face.

    What did you mean for it to mean?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: To your face, with your face.

    I have merged the two threads with identical questions.
    Please do not post identical questions.

    In the merging process, I used the one with the better title.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: Happen to, happen with

    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina1983 View Post
    what did you do to your face?
    what did you do with your face?
    Using the prepositions strictly:
    If you do something to your face, you generally change it in some way. "I cut it with a razor."
    If you do something with your face, you use your face to do something else. "I smiled; I kissed Mary."

    In another context, say you got a tattoo, a person could ask you either question, and they would mean the same.

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    Re: To your face, with your face.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have merged the two threads with identical questions.
    Please do not post identical questions.

    In the merging process, I used the one with the better title.
    Hello, yes, only reason I did it was because I couldn't edit the title and, sure enough, I'd made a mistake there. Thanks.

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